Master Trainer Support
IM=X® Pilates & Fitness Studio locations enjoy ongoing, unlimited continuing education – a feature not offered by any other franchise system! This includes (at no cost to the franchisee) ten proprietary certification courses, with unlimited material to keep your customers engaged and help you reach new markets.
Our Master Trainers work closely with our program’s founder, Elyse McNergney, studying the IM=X Pilates, Tower, Cycle/Tower, Back Wellness, Ballet Bar, Platform and more — all ten proprietary programs. The Master Trainers travel to all of our studio locations providing certification courses and continuing education to franchise staff across the United States. As a franchise owner, you receive a Master Trainer visit at your IM=X location for approximately 5 days annually for the life of your business. In addition, your staff is always welcome at any IM=X certification being held across the country.
Additionally, our New York City-based Master Trainers provide regular review courses, including Skype sessions, to help improve and expand your services. This is our commitment to your IM=X Pilates and Fitness business.
Meet Our Team
Founder/CEO: Elyse McNergney
established IM=X Pilates in 1996. Ms. McNergney is an Exercise Physiologist whose educational background includes a M.Ed. in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University and a M.A. in Movement Sciences from New York University. Ms. McNergney also holds certifications in the Pilates Method (The Pilates Studio, Sean Gallagher and Romana Kryzanowska) and the Alexander Technique. She is the creator of the IM=X programs and certifications, of which there are hundreds of workout variations. Ms. McNergney produced the IM=X® Pilates DVD series and is the author of “Pilates for Men.” In addition, she has established the IM=X® Pilates franchise marketing program, patented equipment manufacturing, products, and business systems, implemented by IM=X Pilates franchises across the country.
Master Trainer/President: Lauren Humm Fakete
is a former ballerina who danced with the Wilmington Ballet Company. She acquired an interest in fitness while at George Mason University where she graduated cum laude with two degrees in Dance and Political Theory and Law. In 2008, she moved to New York and instantly fell in love with IM=X®. In Elyse McNergney’s program, she found the perfect blend of therapeutic exercise for her dance-related injuries, as well as athletic and physically challenging routines. She began working closely with Ms. McNergney learning all ten IM=X Pilates and Fitness programs. Lauren also assists with all franchise, business and marketing programs.
Master Trainer: Sara Manganello
graduated cum laude with a BA in Musical Theater from Point Park University. After graduating she began working at an IM=X Pilates franchise, providing her the opportunity to expand her knowledge by attending the IM=X Basic, Advanced and Super Advanced certifications, at which point she was invited to join the corporate team as a Master Trainer. Sara found the IM=X Pilates program to be the perfect marriage of choreographed movement and strength training. She currently teaches private and semi-private sessions at two IM=X franchise locations, and enjoys teaching IM=X certifications both in New York City and at locations across the United States.
Master Trainer: Renee Raiche
originally moved to New York City in 1994 on a scholarship to study jazz dance. Renee began studying IM=X® Pilates with Elyse McNergney in 2001. Under her tutelage, she was certified in the IM=X® Pilates technique and became a Master Trainer for the program in 2003. She has represented the company all over the New York metropolitan area and nationally. Renee is passionate about teaching the IM=X® programs, as she feels they are the perfect synthesis of rehabilitation, strength training and choreographed movement. She is also a registered yoga teacher and teaches Advanced classes at our New York City location.
Master Trainer/Studio Owner: Chanda Fetter (Del Campo)
is the owner of IM=X Pilates Santa Barbara. Chanda graduated from UCSB with a BS in Sociology and a Minor in Physical Education. She is a former professional ballet dancer who worked with Ballet West Colorado, San Fancisco Ballet, Boston Ballet and the Sacramento Ballet. Her experiences in dance naturally progressed into the fitness industry, where she worked as a regional Group Exercise Director for over 10 years. During that time, she developed a relationship with IM=X Pilates and loved it so much, she became a Master Trainer, allowing her to certify instructors around the world. Chanda is also the Hospitality Chair for National Association for Women Business Owners.
Master Trainer/Studio Owner: Darci Freeman
is the owner of IM=X Pilates in Highlands Ranch, CO. Darci served as a Corporal in the Army and has worked as an instructor in all areas of fitness, and finally as a fitness director at the biggest names in club fitness from Dallas to Denver. She loves IM=X because the workouts are specialized enough to be prescribed by a doctor, and are offered in small class sizes allowing for individual attention, all in a spa-like environment.
Master Trainer/Studio Owner: Kim DeFrancesco
is the owner of IM=X Pilates Englewood, in New Jersey. During her school years, Kim injured both knees doing gymnastics. She is also a two-time breast cancer survivor. She is fortunate to have discovered pilates, and believes it is the most restorative, effective and safe way to work out. After being introduced to IM=X Pilates, she decided to make it her life’s work. She began teaching clients in New York and New Jersey, and soon expanded to work with chiropractic and physical therapy patients. Now, she is proud to offer a wide variety of high quality programs to her members at IM=X Pilates Englewood.